Current Board of Trustees

 

Sheila Bourque – President

Originally from the Boston area I have returned to New England after a 40 year career in Chicago. I have been in Raymond part-time for four years and retired here last spring. With a BA in Urban Studies and a MA in Public Administration I spent my career in Higher Education financing with colleges and the State of Illinois. My experience includes management positions in Human Resources, Data Processing and Strategic Planning. I finished the last ten years of my career as a Chief Information Officer with $6 million dollar budget, 175 employees; systems development and processing responsible for in excess of $3 billion of loans, grants, scholarships and secondary market assets; and a technology network that spanned three cities serving 500 employees. I joined the RVL Board as Treasurer to lend my skills to an important community resource. My very first job was shelving books in the Wakefield Public Library when I was 14 years old. Public libraries have always been an important part of my life.

 

Paul Cullinan – Vice President

My name is Paul Cullinan and my wife and I have been Raymond residents since 2009.  After growing up in South Portland, I left home to obtain degrees from the University of Maine at Orono and Syracuse University.  After teaching economics for a year at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., I moved to Washington, D.C and began working as a policy analyst for the Social Security Administration.  In 1981, I joined the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) where, for the next 26 years, I undertook a number of roles including policy analyst for income security programs, budget analyst for the Social Security retirement and disability programs, and chief for the cost estimating unit covering income security and social services functions.  I retired from CBO in 2007 and spent a year and a half at the Brookings Institution studying and writing on federal budget issues.  I have been volunteering at the Raymond Village Library (RVL) since 2010, and decided to join the RVL Board of Directors to deepen my commitment to an extremely vital element of our community.

Leigh Walker – Treasurer

My Name is Leigh Walker and I moved to Raymond in 2000 with my husband, Brian, and our two daughters.  I grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics.  Since moving to Raymond, I have volunteered as PTO president and as Treasurer of both the Raymond Village Community Church and Raymond Rec.  I have previously served on the board of the Raymond Village Library and currently I am the coordinator for the Raymond Community Garden. I re-joined the Library board in June of 2016 and look forward to working with our new director, Allison, and our wonderful volunteers and staff.

 

Janet Walker – Secretary

I retired to Maine in 2011 after living and working in Illinois for over 35 years. Most of my professional career was the design and development of information systems for various companies in the Chicago area. I was also involved in community theater for over 20 years as an actor, sound technician and Board member. My education includes a BA in sociology from Lipscomb University as well as graduate studies at the University of Kansas. One of the first places I visited after moving to Raymond was the library. It is now my pleasure to serve the community if Raymond as a Trustee.

Kimberly Allen

I’m Kimberly Allen, originally from Bucksport, Maine and have been living in Raymond for 3 years. I graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Exercise Physiology and worked for many years in healthcare. I then received my Masters from New England College in Non-Profit Management and have been involved with a number of non-profits in Maine. Currently, I am the Director of Fiddlehead Art and Science Center in Gray. My love for libraries started when I was very young and it is still one of my favorite spots. The library is one of the first places I visit whenever I move and the Raymond library is by far one of the friendliest and welcoming to a new patron. For this reason and more I decided to join the Trustees and support the library.

Whitney Lucas

I’m Whitney Lucas, originally from Manhasset, NY. I moved to Raymond, Maine close to 9 years ago after stints in Boston, San Diego and Long Island, NY and love our town. I graduated from Bentley University in 2001 with a degree in Marketing and spent close to 2 years at a large publishing company in San Diego but for the last 11 years I have been a partner in a family owned brand consulting and licensing firm. I have 2 children and because my schedule allows flexibility I was able to be very involved in my kids lives prior to full time school/pre-school days and the library was a big part of weekly activities that we enjoyed doing. I am on the RVL board because I believe so strongly in what the library does and feel it is so important to the community and I want to show support as much as I can and I have been so proud to be a part of this board.

Margaret Thornton

My name is Margaret Thornton. I was raised in Raymond for the entirety of my childhood. After a few years spent in other Maine towns and cities, I have once again returned and am pleased to be raising my daughter here. I currently work as a licensed massage therapist in town, in addition to teaching art and crafting classes at a locally owned business. I joined the board because I have found particular good fortune with every library I have visited, and felt the desire to share that good fortune with others. My first job after moving to Peaks Island came from a chance encounter while signing up for a card, and a little help from the librarian behind the desk. I remember attending Sunday school taught by Eleanor Plummer when I was very young. She was a vital part of establishing the Raymond Village Library as a destination for children, and I am very pleased to continue her interest of supporting this vital resource for the whole community, particularly the youth among us.

Louise Lester

As a newer member of the  Board of Directors I feel that I’m going on with what my mother, Carol Hartley, and her friend Eleanor Plummer started back in the 1950’s for the Raymond Women’s Club. It was a dream that materialized into what we have today.  Their vision was to provide a place in Raymond where people, especially children, could find entertainment, study, and fellowship. I have been a resident in Raymond since 1950 when my parents moved the family from Pennsylvania.  My mother’s side of the family came from Raymond and the surrounding towns for generations.  You may have known me as the Raymond Town Clerk where my desire to be a part of an active vibrant Raymond was manifest, and I want to continue that work here.

 

 

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